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  • noun Plural form of feudatory.


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  • In 1673, Wu rebelled, together with the other two feudatories in Fujian, Guangdong, and Guangxi.

    Between Winds and Clouds: The Making of Yunnan (Second Century BCE to Twentieth Century CE)

  • His politic head has learned by this time that there is more to be gotten by oppressing his feudatories, and pillaging his allies, than fighting with the Turks for the Holy

    The Talisman

  • In imitation of the grand feudatories, each inferior vassal of the crown assumed as much independence as his distance from the sovereign power, the extent of his fief, or the strength of his chateau enabled him to maintain; and these petty tyrants, no longer amenable to the exercise of the law, perpetrated with impunity the wildest excesses of fantastic oppression and cruelty.

    Quentin Durward

  • Besides, did not the war of the Public Good break out within the year; and was not a Burgundian army encamped at Saint Denis, backed by all the great feudatories of France; and was I not obliged to yield up Normandy to my brother? —

    Quentin Durward

  • Vice and virtue, sense and folly, ambition and disinterested devotion, will alike recommend to the survivors of these singular-minded men, to become the feudatories of the empire, not its foe, and the shield, not the enemy, of your paternal

    Count Robert of Paris

  • No repair of nobles or courtiers, none of his grand feudatories in attendance, none of the high officers of the crown; half solitary sports, shared only with the menials of his household; secret councils, to which only low and obscure men are invited; rank and nobility depressed, and men raised from the lowest origin to the kingly favour — all this seems unregulated, resembles not the manners of his father, the noble

    Quentin Durward

  • Even when the King was scarcely so powerful as many of his chief feudatories, the great advantage which he derived from being but one has been recognised by French historians.

    Representative Government

  • Daimyos were to a large extent autonomous rulers in their own domains, but Edo kept a watchful eye on them, and the feudatories had a strong tendency to adopt the laws and organization of Edo.


  • The Ashikaga shogunate continued the outward forms of the military rule of the Minamoto and Hj, but during most of the first and last centuries of the period, open warfare disrupted the nation, and at best the Ashikaga exercised limited control over the great feudatories who made their appearance at this time.


  • A period in which the Capetians reduced the great feudatories north of the Loire and began the transformation of the vague ecclesiastical, judicial, and military rights derived from Carolingian tradition into royal powers.

    c. France


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  • "The Sultan advanced, shaded by fan-bearers, supported on either side by his great feudatories and followed by the Vizier and the members of his council..."

    --Patrick O'Brian, The Thirteen Gun Salute, 198

    March 4, 2008